Hwy 169 Mankato to St. Peter complete and open at 3 p.m. today
Asst. Secretary of Commerce to attend Oct. 13 celebration
MANKATO, Minn. – Highway 169 between Mankato and St. Peter opened completely today, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. to four lanes of traffic according to MnDOT, which will hold an event to honor the occasion.
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams is expected to participate with other local, state and federal dignitaries at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Happy Chef on Highway 169 in Mankato.
The flood mitigation project received a $9.8 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration that allowed MnDOT to raise the highway in four flood-prone areas (Hiniker Mill, 7-mile Creek, Old River Bluff Road, and State Hospital) between Mankato and St. Peter to above 100-year flood levels.
MnDOT partnered with the Region Nine Development Commission to apply for the grant that made history as one of the largest grants the EDA has given.
In addition to traditional state transportation funding, the 2013 Minnesota Legislature provided bond funds for flood mitigation projects, $6 million of which went to this third and last Minnesota River flood project. The first two projects included raising the southbound lanes of Highway 169 in 2014 and adding a bridge on Highway 22 south of St. Peter in 2015 to manage the backwaters during flooding.
Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye, was awarded the $30 million Mankato to St. Peter project and worked closely with MnDOT and was able to open the road to two-lanes ahead of schedule.
Motorists will benefit from fewer emergency closures of Highway 169, and significant safety improvement thanks to new cable median barrier that protects drivers from cross-median crashes. The project also will provide motorists with a smoother ride on new concrete pavement.
Seven Mile Creek Park also opened today, Oct. 12.